China refuses interaction with DPP for calling for independence
CNATAIPEI--Political exchanges between China and Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will remain impossible if the DPP continues to call for Taiwan's independence, a Chinese official said yesterday.
August 12, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Quoted by China's state-run Xinhua News Agency, Yang Yi, a spokesman for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, said China welcomes bilateral interactions between Chinese and Taiwanese cities, as well as negotiations with Taiwanese representatives who endorse the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
However, Yang stressed that China's position on the DPP remains unchanged. “If the DPP does not change its appeal in calling for Taiwan's independence, we will not proceed with inter-political party exchanges with it,” he said in the report.
Yang's comments referred to the delegation to China being led by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu on Aug. 9-14, her second visit to the country in four years.
Chen will visit the Chinese cities of Tianjin, Shenzhen, Xiamen, and Fuzhou and will invite their mayors to the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit, which is scheduled for Sept. 9-11 in Kaohsiung.
Chen's last trip to China in May 2009 to promote the World Games hosted by Kaohsiung made her the highest-ranking public official from the DPP to visit the mainland to date.